Review: The Shadow Reader (McKenzie Lewis #1) by Sandy Williams

There can only be one allegiance.
It’s her time to choose.

Some humans can see the fae. McKenzie Lewis can track them, reading the shadows they leave behind. But some shadows lead to danger. Others lead to lies.

A Houston college student trying to finish her degree, McKenzie has been working for the fae king for years, tracking vicious rebels who would claim the Realm. Her job isn’t her only secret. For just as long, she’s been in love with Kyol, the king’s sword-master—and relationships between humans and fae are forbidden.

But any hope for a normal life is shattered when she’s captured by Aren, the fierce and uncompromising rebel leader. He teaches her the forbidden fae language and tells her dark truths about the Court, all to persuade her to turn against the king. Time is running out, and as the fight starts to claim human lives, McKenzie has no choice but to decide once and for all whom to trust and where she ultimately stands in the face of a cataclysmic civil war.

This isn’t just a good book, this is a great book. The world building is so good in this book, because it’s simple, familiar and yet complex. SW presents the Fae world with such ease and flow that it’s not hard to follow and sucks you in from the beginning. Our heroine McKenzie’s world is in black and white, there’s no room for anything more. Yet, as the story progresses, you see a shift from that black and white to shades of gray. You see and feel McKenzie’s confusion, and you know that it’s hard for her trust what is real and what are the lies. You get such a great play on emotion that it leaves you breathless. I teared up a few times. For our Heroine there is no immediate transition but one that is painful and profound and you will feel it. There is love in this story but it’s not a romance, this is Fantasy at its best. There are two main male characters in Shadow Reader, Aren and Kyol. There were scenes between McKenzie and Kyol that made my heart squeeze in anguish. So as you can see they were well written. I could go on and on about how great this book is but I think you get the drift. It Rocked! I have to tell you I was shocked that this is S. Williams debut book. I mean Wow, what a first book and boy does she have some talent.

Flow of book – 5
Believable romance – 5
Overall Plot – 5
World building – 5

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